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>> It was not->> A string of rape cases involving minors sparked protests in India's major cities over the weekend. Demonstrators gathered in New Delhi and Mumbai demanding the death penalty and speedy trials in rape cases involving minors.
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ys after a lawmaker from the ruling BJP party was arrested in connection with a teenager's rape.
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An 11-year-old was reported to have been sexually assaulted and murdered in another province on Sunday.
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otesters were initially gathering about a case involving an eight-year-old Muslim girl. Who was allegedly sedated and raped for days by seven men in January before they killed her. The angry was fueled by support for the accused initially shown by ministers from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party.
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The national outcry has drawn parallels with the massive protests that followed the gang rape and murder of a girl on a Delhi bus in 2012.
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forced the then Congress-led government to enact tough new rape laws, including the death penalty. Activists say, crimes of violence against women are often inadequately investigated and in some cases accused with political connections have been protected.
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The protests are piling pressure on Moody who must hold elections by May next year, he's promised to take action. The United Nations is among the international bodies that have condemned the problem